A pre-trial conference is where the attorneys go into court to let the judge handling your case know what's going on with your case. Are there any legal issues that the judge must resolve before the trial? Has all discovery been provided for both sides?
The judge wants to know if there is a chance the case can be settled. What is the settlement posture by the defense? Do they have any money to offer? Are they taking a "No-pay" position? Has the case been conferenced with the insurance company?
In all likelihood, the judge will require the attorneys to come back to court in a short time to inform the judge what progress, if any, there has been to evaluate the case for settlement purposes and whether all experts will be available when the judge assigns a definite date for jury selection.
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